For the last few years, my friends at uni have done a “vegan week”, which is exactly as it sounds. For one week at the start of the year, we go exclusively vegan. It started out as a challenge to one particular member of our friend group, and slowly everybody joined in. This year, I decided to join in as well and I’ve had a lot of fun doing so! I know it’s hardly on a Veganuary scale, which I wish I had taken part in now, but it’s definitely opened my eyes a lot more to eating vegan.
For one, it’s a lot easier than I thought it would be. For things like cheese and meat, there are such a selection of alternatives out there to choose from. Who’d have thought that you’d be able to find vegan squirty whipped cream? But you can! I don’t eat meat every day, anyway, but I’ve realised I do have a lot more dairy than I realised. Overall, it was a lot of fun having an excuse to experiment more with my cooking! And I’ve decided to make an effort to incorporate more vegan meals into my diet, and cut down on my dairy intake.
As soon as I received my copy of Cordially Invited, I was desperate to make all of the recipes! However, I decided that the first one I’d try would be Zoe’s gingerbread recipe. I’ve never tried making gingerbread with treacle before, but now it’s definitely my preferred method.
Usually any biscuits I make turn out dry and very crunchy but this gingerbread was perfect. My uni friends gave them their seal of approval, so they must be good! I will apologise in advance for the icing, though – I’m still a newbie when it comes to icing and decorating, so it really isn’t my strong point. I tried to pick out the prettiest ones for pictures, but I didn’t have a lot to choose from.
Hi lovelies, and welcome back to my blog! In the middle of autumn I decided I wanted to get into the Harry Potter spirit and make some Butterbeer. This recipe was heavily inspired by The Roaming Kitchen, and turned out pretty great. I think the only problem I had with this recipe was that it was very sweet, and you definitely only want to have a small mug of this at any one time. I tried to combine what would be “two” cups from this recipe, and it was very sickly towards the end. However, it was amazing!
I’ve been planning on writing this up for awhile now, but other opportunities came up and this post took a back seat. So, I thought, why not wait until December? Maybe it’s just me, but I love watching Harry Potter around Christmas. Especially the first two movies – I think it’s partly the nostalgia and warmth the earlier movies give, and partly just the magical Christmas scenes in the Great Hall. I’d happily make Butterbeer any time for the year, but I think autumn and winter are the better months to cuddle up with this drink.
Hi guys, and welcome back! Today is another foodie blog – one of my favourite kinds to write about. The lovely people over at Starlings Artisan Foods sent me some of their biscotti to try out, and they’re all amazing flavours and so unique. I’m going to talk you through the 4 different flavours of Starlings Biscotti I received, and some recipes that they would be perfect for! If you’d like to browse through Starlings’ Biscotti and see what other flavours they have, you can find them all at starlingsartisanfood.co.uk.
Biscotti is a great snack – you can nibble on them plain if you like dry, crunchy foods, or lump a load of pate or cured meats on top. My mum makes me this amazing snack when I’m studying, where she rubs a garlic clove on the biscotti and tops it with cured meat, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella. It’s so simple yet so delicious! I could really go for it right now – thankfully she’ll be coming back soon to look after me for the next few months!
The four I was sent are a step better than your basic biscotti. They had some unique flavours; three of them being savoury, and one sweet. I’ve never tried sweet (or even flavoured) biscotti before, so I was really intrigued by them! The amazing people at Starlings also sent me over some recommended recipes for each biscuit (thank you). I’ve tried most of them and I’m so excited to share these with you!
Hi lovelies, and welcome back! I’ll be showing you a lovely thyme-scented blueberry tart recipe, today. This post is in collaboration with Marks & Spencer’s, and I just want to say a big thanks to them for working with me! I’m very excited to bring you this blog post. M&S have challenged me to recreate some of their recipes involving fresh berries, and today I’ll be bringing you this lovely tart!
This is the most popular pudding I’ve ever made for my family. My dad in particular loves this blueberry tart recipe, and says it’s the best tart he’s ever had. (He’s in his 50s, so hopefully this speaks volumes to the quality of the dessert.) Usually tarts, especially store bought, can be very sickly sweet or too sour. This tart, however, isn’t either of those – there’s such a great balance between the ingredients, and it’s so fresh and delicious!